Chennai Chips, Chennai, India

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I am a chip addict – there I said it!

And Chennai Chips is the absolute ruin of my waistline when I visit Chennai in the summertime.

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Madras, Raintree Hotel, Chennai, India

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Do you want to try some seriously good local cuisine in Chennai in a chic hotel-dining environment?

Then you must try “Madras” at the Raintree Hotel on Mount Road.

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Tuscana at Chamiers, Chennai, India

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I was recently invited for a food tasting to Tuscana, which is a popular local Italian eatery in Chennai, India owned by Vipin Sachdev and helmed by Chef Willi.

Tuscana is best known for its wood fire-oven pizzas available in many different crusts including a gluten free option. The pizzas are topping heavy and offer many options one of the newest being a chili chili.

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STIX: CHINESE AT HYATT, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

The Hyatt Regency in Chennai is one of the hottest new hotels in the city. With quirky charm, this hotel displays an interesting array of art installations, which is dotted all over the interiors of the hotel.

One of my favorite places to eat in, at the Hyatt is their Chinese restaurant. Stix serves up authentic street hawker style Sichuan cuisine which is perfect for the fiery Chennai palate.

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SANKRANTI: ANDHRA CUISINE, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

I really love a good Andhra meal and was ecstatic to find this brand new food spot called Sankranti had opened up on TTK road in Chennai. I am usually wary of chains but this place really has excellent Andhra food – which is very hard to find (outside of homes).

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KAPILA DASAS, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

Dasa’s is back and as good as ever! Everything tastes exactly as it did way back in 80’s when they had opened on Mount Road.

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ENTE KERELAM, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

Ente Kerelam in Chennai serves classic Kerala Cuisine in a homey setting. Occupying an old bungalow, the restaurant fans out in several rooms over two levels.

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Lunch at Amma Mess, Madurai, India

 

Madurai in India, is a 2500-year-old city that was essentially built around its gorgeous Meenakshi Amman Temple. This temple is a stunning example of Vijayanagar temple architecture with its intricate carved pillars, elaborate gopurams and stone carved idols.

 

 

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Lunch at The Bangala : Karaikudi, Chettinad, INDIA

 

The Bangala is a charming heritage boutique hotel located in the heart of Karaikudi. Mrs. Meyappan, who is passionate about preserving the heritage of the Chettiars, runs it.

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Chettinad: Eating at the Subbiah Home

The best part of my visit to Chettinad in South India was the food!

 

 

Chettinad is very well known for its fiery cuisine. There is great care taken in the preparation of meals. The kitchens are still very traditional using no modern machinery. Everything is hand ground and freshly cooked using the best of local ingredients.

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Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India

 

Chettinad is a region situated in the Southeastern area of Tamil Nadu, India. The capital of Chettinad is Karaikudi.

Chettinad is the where the Chettiars originate from. They are today a very successful business community in India. The Chettiars were originally a community of traders known for their strong business practices and great sense of adventure. In the 1700’s, many of them traveled to Burma, Ceylon and other parts of South East Asia and Europe to set up very successful trades.

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Indian Accent, New Delhi, INDIA

 

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆  1/2 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must Try: warm doda burfi treacle tart, Andhra pickle chicken meatballs

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EGO THAI, NEW DELHI, INDIA

 

 

Ego Thai is a great little Thai restaurant housed in the New Friends Colony Market. It is attractively styled with smatterings of interesting artifacts all over the 2-storied space. The food is good for most part as is the service. The dishes are pretty well priced and there is a full bar which offers interesting cocktails and mocktails.

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Dilli Haat – Food Plaza, New Delhi, India

 

Dilli Haat is an Indian crafts and food bazaar located in the heart of the city. There are many stalls here that showcase the great variety of handicrafts from all over India.

The idea behind Dilli Haat is to promote the rural craftsmen and artisans and facilitate them selling their handicrafts directly to the buyers. A few of the stalls are permanent but many or there on a rotational basis changing every fifteen days or so. There are on going festivals and performing arts from all over the country that keep this place quite abuzz.

 

 

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NIZAM’S KATHI ROLLS, NEW DELHI, INDIA

 

 

The name Nizam’s is almost synonymous with kathi rolls in India. They were one of the first ones to popularize this food that has its historic origins in cuisine from the princely states of North Eastern India.

A kathi roll is a very popular fast food in India. The meats used in these rolls are traditionally cooked in a charcoal pit using wooden skewers, which are called “Kathi’s”; hence the name Kathi Kababs or Kathi rolls.

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PALMGROVE, Chennai, India


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If you are looking for a really great authentic South Indian breakfast spot in Chennai City then Palmgrove  Hotel is the place to go. Their restaurant Menaka is a hot spot for Chennaites over the weekends. The place has virtually no décor – it’s a very cafeteria like setting but one really does not go there for ambiance.

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PALKI KHANNA, UDAIPUR, INDIA


Palki Khanna, located inside the City Palace complex in Udaipur, gets its name from the word “palki” or palanquins, which were often used during the Maharajas time. This casual café offers an eclectic mix of foods, with an emphasis on western café food. The food at Palki Khanna was one of the better meals we had outside of the offerings of 5 star hotels in the vicinity. 

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NATRAJ, UDAIPUR, INDIA


Natraj is a very popular local dinning spot in Udaipur. The food is all vegetarian – they don’t even serve eggs here.

Natraj is known for its thali meals that offer a filling meal at a great price. This is probably the best thing to eat here.

The place is very bare bones – there is no décor to speak of and the service is really sloppy. The food was all right. I tried their Daal Bhati (a traditional Rajasthani dish), which was pretty good. We tried their Chinese and it was pretty awful. I would stick to the Indian food.

All in all – I really didn’t think Natraj was worth the trek out there. There is no culinary experience that awaits you to make the effort to eat here. There are plenty of places that are more centrally located that offer a better experience.

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THE RESTAURANT AT DEVIGARGH, RAJASTHAN, INDIA


 

Devigarh Fort Palace is a beautiful retreat, set in the picturesque Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. It is about 30 kilometers away from Udaipur. Devigarh Fort was built in the 18th century and recently opened as a heritage hotel after years of restoration.

 

 

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AMBRAI, UDAIPUR, INDIA

 

Ambrai restaurant is one of the more popular local restaurants in Udaipur. It is all about location, location, location which makes this a real tourist hotspot. Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, dinning here provides a spectacular view of both the City Palace and the Lake Palace.

 


 
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TILURAMS PICKLE SHOP, UDAIPUR, INDIA

 

If you have a little extra time in Udaipur and are a hard-core pickle fanatic like I am, then you must visit Tilurams. They have been making all kinds of pickles, jams, sauces and murabbas (a kind of jam) for many decades.

 

At Tiluram’s they just about pickle anything from seeds to fruits to vegetables. Their pickles are stored in giant vats and you can ask to taste just about anything in the store. Some of my favorites were the jackfruit pickle, the lime murabbas (which they highly recommend) and the garlic chutney.

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The Jain Temple in Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India: Food

 

Ranakpur in Rajasthan, India, houses one of the largest Jain temples in the country. This temple dedicated to Adinatha, is replete with 1444 pillars, each carved from single pieces of stone. The mastery of the elaborate craftsmanship of the sculptures in this temple is beyond belief. In this Jain temple, its beauty lies in the complexity of is simplicity.



 

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Udaivilas, Udaipur, India : Food

 

The Udaivilas in Udaipur, India; is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever experienced. Rated as the top resort in Asia and the 5th best in the world, the seamlessly gracious service and beautiful environs truly justify these accolades.

In a city that is steeped in Indian history and surrounded by the most beautiful ancient palaces, temples and forts, Udaivilas offers the perfect sanctuary of luxury. It’s stunning setting overlooks the gorgeous blue of Lake Pichola and soothing green of the Aravalli hills. The hotel itself is styled mimicking a traditional Mewari Palace. It houses a wildlife conservatory with rolling landscaped gardens that lead to reflecting pools, open courtyards and many quiet thoughtful spaces of beauty.

 

 

 

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THE TIBBS FRANKIE, MUMBAI, INDIA

THE TIBBS FRANKIE
Aga Brothers                                  or                     Hema Cold Drinks
Sh-16/A, Cusrow Baug,                                        Near Bal Mohan High School,
Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd,                                    Shivaji Park,
Colaba, Mumbai, 400039                                   Dadar (W), Mumbai
India                                                                         India
Tel: 022 22830692                                               +(91)-(22)-24460900

 
 


Mumbai was the birthplace of the extremely popular street snack known as a Frankie, which is somewhat like a kati roll. It is a chapatti roll with or without egg that has options of different filling such as mutton, potato, chicken, and so on. Continue reading

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MAMAGOTO AT KHAN MARKET, NEW DELHI, INDIA

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53, Khan Market
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Ph: 4516 6063
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Who doesn’t like to have fun with their food?

Well that’s what Mamagoto, in Japanese literally means  – “play with food”. Continue reading

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